When the Z axis hits the microswitch, it grinds, stops and I get an error message. Is there a way to fix/adjust this? Brand new machine
Z is usually the up and down direction of 3d printers. I don’t want to assume, but I suspect your crashing on the gantry microswitch or the one attached to the frame on the back right corner. Knowing which one would be helpful.
I would try the following to diagnose if the microswitch is even working.
- Check that it is plugged in correctly.
- With the printer off and unplugged from the wall. Manually jog the extruder/hotend to the front left corner of the frame.
- Turn the printer on.
- Locate the microswitch and get ready to press it with your finger.
- “Home” the printer, but press the microswitch before the gantry or the extruder (depending on which axis) reaches the microswitch.
If it stops moving in that axis, your microswitch/endstop is working correctly, and the problem is physical in nature (ie: the print head is crashing before the endstop is depressed fully).
If the printer continued moving in that axis after the endstop is pressed, you likely have a bad connection somewhere (you could open the board enclosure and make sure you’re not disconnected there) or a broken or frayed wire. If this is the case, see if you can get a replacement or exchange.